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Libyan Militias “take EU Funds for Migrants”

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the misery of migrants […]

EUR 150m to Tackle Human Smuggling

The European Union – via the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, North Africa Window – adopted four new migration-related actions totalling €147.7 million that will support Morocco in tackling human smuggling and irregular migration; improve the living conditions in Libyan communities and protect refugees and vulnerable migrants stranded in Libya through voluntary returns; and offer […]

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Libya

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Libya Libya is a Special Case for the fourth consecutive year. The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) struggled to govern large swaths of Libyan territory, as it did not exercise control in several parts of the country. The judicial system was not fully functioning, as courts in major […]

Human Trafficking-Smuggling Nexus in Libya

From The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Probably nowhere more than in Libya have the definitional lines between migrant smuggling and human trafficking become as blurred or contested. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have left Libya’s shores in the hope of a new life in Europe; tens of thousands have died in the process. […]

US, UN Sanction Human Traffickers in Libya

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrently with the United Nations, has sanctioned six individuals for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants. Migrant smuggling has become a lucrative business in Libya and fuels instability by providing funding for rogue […]

Better Information Sharing on Crime in the Mediterranean

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: operation to contribute to better information sharing on crime in the Mediterranean The European Council today adopted a decision allowing for the creation of a crime information cell within EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia. The information cell will be composed of up to 10 staff members from relevant law enforcement authorities of […]

Video: Vice Tightens on Libya’s People Traffickers

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In Sabratha, Libya’s main departure point for clandestine migrants hoping to reach Europe, people trafficking gangs are under so much pressure that some have closed for business:

Italy offers to Train Libyan Coastguard

By Jobn Lee. Italy has reportedly offered to train 1,000 members of the Libyan coast guard this year ons “anti illegal emigration service“, “criminal investigations”, and “theoretical and practical instruction” for motorboat crews. According to ANSAMed, the offer was made during the meeting of the joint Italy-Libya committee on the fight against human trafficking. Italy […]